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The Mom Body Image Roller Coaster

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The Mom Body Image Roller Coaster. I've struggled with depression for many years. And with it my weight. And of course pregnancy and motherhood brings on a whole new level of mental and physical challenges. Back in 2005 when my husband and I were trying to conceive our first child (for a year) my sadness crept in and my weight crept up. We finally sought fertility treatments and thanks to IUI, I … [Read more...]

Does Thyroid Affect Mood?

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Just before getting pregnant with Ellie in 2009, my psychiatrist suggested I have my thyroid levels checked. She said that some times abnormal thyroid levels can cause psychiatric symptoms such as depression and fatigue, so it was worth a look. No one had ever suggested checking my thyroid before, so I went ahead and got tested. My results were normal. BUT it turned out eventually that I was … [Read more...]

A New Arrival

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In June, Katy guest posted here on Motherhood Unadorned "On Being Pregnant, Again" , sharing her emotional struggle with an unplanned pregnancy. Please read her story here, which is so heartfelt in its honesty. I'm happy to tell you that her 3rd daughter Asher Eleanor was born this week, and Katy wanted to share her daughter's birth story with you. Congratulations Katy and the whole Afruma … [Read more...]

Infertility HURTS!

This is part 3 of Jill Ackfield’s story of her 10-year journey through infertility and the birth of her preemie daughter Lilly. This post  is actually a “prequel” to her story, as it was written before Jill got pregnant while she was in the midst of her infertility struggle. I certainly identify with a lot of her feelings going through my own one-year process to get pregnant with Ronin. Thank you … [Read more...]

Over 10 Years for Our Big Fat Positive!

I'd like to give a very warm welcome to a fabulous online friend of mine Jill. She is such a ray of sunshine. I *met* Jill when she purchased one of my necklaces for her grandmother. Her super sweet husband Joe then surprised Jill for Christmas with her very own EllieAdorn mama necklace. Jill started her own small business LillyBelle's Closet shortly thereafter, and makes adorable hand designed … [Read more...]

A Crisis in Pregnancy. A Crisis at Birth. Postpartum Depression

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. GUEST POST By: Cristina Ward, Mom of 3-year-old Sofia To My Sofia, Yes I wanted a child. I wanted Sofia so badly, I promise. It took me a very long time to get pregnant and we didn’t know how it wasn’t happening. My husband and I had been married for 5 years and we both felt it was time, we were both ready. Turns out I couldn’t get pregnant because I had severe endometriosis in … [Read more...]

Beautiful Family Struggles with Infertility & Hopes to Adopt

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Infertility is a topic that is of great importance to me as a woman, blogger and now a mom. I went through minimal infertility issues--in the grand scheme of things--and was able to conceive both of our kids with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) after one try (with Ronin) and two tries (with Ellie). But even so, it was incredibly difficult to struggle for just one year to get pregnant.  So … [Read more...]

What’s a guy to expect when she’s not expecting?

Having gone through fertility treatments myself (3 IUIs), I find this fascinating and very true. I was definitely a "Doer." What were/are you? Have a good Friday. From Today.com http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42096898/ns/today-books/# Marc Sedaka pens book that helps men communicate with and support their wives  Marc Sedaka stood by while he and his wife endured endless rounds of drug … [Read more...]

What’s a guy to expect when she’s not expecting?

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Having gone through fertility treatments myself (3 IUIs), I find this fascinating and very true. I was definitely a "Doer." What were/are you? Have a good Friday. From Today.com http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42096898/ns/today-books/# Marc Sedaka pens book that helps men communicate with and support their wives  Marc Sedaka stood by while he and his wife endured endless rounds of drug … [Read more...]

The Day We Lost Faith

GUEST POST: By Katie Tamblingson of Kady Did Blog This is hardest post to write so far, and probably one of the hardest of my life. I was debating about writing it at all. I tend to be a more private person, and come from a private family. Isaiah and I were talking one day, and he said I should. He thought it would help give me closure. Another blogger I was reading wrote about going through the … [Read more...]

How Malachi Found a “Safe Haven” in our Hearts

GUEST POST: From It's A Preemie Thing Blog. Written by Summer: Mother to Malachi It all started when this guy met this girl….wait, no it started before that! I (Summer) was going to nursing school and got some news, little did I know then, that was going to change my life in many ways. I had severe pain and got diagnosed with endometriosis, had surgery two days later and was told that I may … [Read more...]

Liz’s story of infertility, loss & love

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. GUEST POST: By Liz Nyholm, Mom & Artist www.LizPaints4.Etsy.com My name is Liz and I am 37 years young. :)  I am happily married to my husband, Pete, for over 5 years and we are proud parents to a very energetic 15-month-old son, Jacob. I'm a SAHM. We also have a lively five-year-old dog named Lucy.  She has helped us through some difficulties during the past 4 years or so, … [Read more...]

My story of infertility

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. Back in January of 2006 John and I decided we'd start trying to conceive. We had this big plan that the baby would arrive nine months later and all would be grand. It would perfectly fit into our schedule, avoiding the window when he would be completing his current game. (He's a game developer.) It seems SO silly looking back that we actually stressed out so much about timing. I … [Read more...]

Lara’s story of infertility

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. GUEST POST: By Lara Mark, Mom, Owner of Doll Baby Inc. and Lara Mark PhotographyHi I’m Lara. I’m 35 years old, have a wonderful caring husband, a beautiful 13-month-old daughter, and live in gorgeous Castle Rock, Colorado. I’m blessed to stay at home with my baby girl, while starting my businesses. I’ve also created a mom/baby playgroup in my area, which keeps me sane. I really enjoy … [Read more...]